Gang member gets life in prison for deaths of Cayucos brothers

One of the two Los Angeles gang members convicted in the shooting and killing of two brothers from Cayucos more than a dozen years ago in a Santa Monica clothing store was sentenced Tuesday.

David Robles, 34, of Lennox, was sentenced in Los Angeles County Superior Court to life in prison without the possibility of parole, said Santa Monica Police Detective Michael Bambrick.

Robles and Jessie Garcia of Los Angeles, who’s also 34, were found guilty of two counts of murder in April after a five-week jury trial in the shooting deaths of half-brothers Michael and Anthony Juarez on Oct. 27, 1998. Garcia is scheduled to be sentenced May 19.

The victims’ father, Bill Juarez, and Anthony Juarez’s mother, Ginger Blackstone, spoke at the sentencing, Bambrick said.

DNA on a ski mask left at the scene helped lead police to Robles and Garcia. Both men had past criminal records and had been in prison serving sentences at the time of the DNA testing. Witnesses at the scene also identified the men.